Defeated By Love - Chapter 16.2 - Are You Going To Protect Me?
Translated by Fairy_Dust
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The next moment, the man suddenly went into action and unzipped the windbreaker, revealing his naked lower body. His eyes were shining. He looked perverted and disgusting: “Help uncle see if it’s big!”
Her mind went blank and she forgot to react at that moment. Even her screams were delayed. Her throat seemed to have choked up as fear took hold of her.
Her legs were weak and she took two steps back to escape from him.
Shu Nian couldn’t do anything else.
Her sight suddenly went dark as a piece of fabric obscured her view. It was an article of clothing thrown over Shu Nian’s head that carried a faint smell of soap with a little bit of heat and warmth.
Shu Nian clenched the clothing in her hands as she was still unable to react. She subconsciously kept opening and closing her eyes. Along the edges of the piece of clothing, she could see Xie Ruhe’s sneakers quickly walking past her.
She held her breath and tore off the clothing on her head.
At that moment, the man in front of her screamed out. He was thin and small and his bones were very prominent. They were distinctly lined, like spare ribs. He was also half a head shorter than Xie Ruhe.
Xie Ruhe looked annoyed and filled with anger. He yanked the windbreaker on the man without saying anything.
The man didn’t know what he wanted to do to him and struggled hard but he couldn’t overpower him. During their struggle, his body crashed into the wall next to them and he began bleeding.
Xie Ruhe acted as if he was in a mad rage and raised his foot to kick him with all his strength.
After tearing off the windbreaker, the man was left wearing a short-sleeved shirt on his body. His lower body was bare. Being in an extremely weak condition, he fell down to the ground and moved back in horror.
Xie Ruhe squatted down. His eyes were cold like the edge of a sharp blade. Then, he lowered his eyes. His beautiful face looked especially terrible at that moment. He asked softly: “Look at what again?”
“How about I help you look?”
The man cried tears and shook his head. He was cold and afraid. His whole body trembled in fear: “No, nothing… No, no, I’ll leave… don’t hit me… don’t hit me…”
Xie Ruhe stood up and ignored him. He turned his head in the direction of Shu Nian.
Shu Nian saw him beat up the other person. His expression was terrifying but her fear had all dissipated. As she saw Xie Ruhe coming towards her, she didn’t know what to say and could only hold the shirt in her hands.
Xie Ruhe took the initiative to pull on her school bag and walk in the other direction.
As if nothing had happened just then, Xie Ruhe returned to his usual behaviour. However, he led the conversation by saying: “Take this road back today.”
After exiting that path, Xie Ruhe released her schoolbag and threw the windbreaker that had just been torn from that man into a garbage can. He continued to follow her like before.
Shu Nian was not like him. He regarded that matter as the wind and let it pass but she stopped and hesitated before taking a few steps to Xie Ruhe’s side: “Are you all right?”
Xie Ruhe lazily hummed.
“Erm.” Shu Nian licked her lips and asked him: “Why did you take his jacket?”
Xie Ruhe tilted the corners of his mouth up: “Isn’t he trying to let others see?”
“…” Shu Nian was really scared. She was afraid that there would be someone as miserable as her. She swallowed and timidly asked: “But to be in that state, wouldn’t he scare other people?”
Hearing those words, Xie Ruhe looked at her and said coldly: “What do other people have to do with me?”
Shu Nian didn’t hear what he said. She told him: “He is not wearing any clothes. The police will hopefully see it and arrest him. It is illegal for him to do this.”
Xie Ruhe didn’t answer her words.
“What if he’s not caught though?” As she spoke, her eyes turned red and her voice became nasally. “Will he remember me and cause trouble for me later…?”
“This is a bad guy. We have to call the police.” Shu Nian was young and hadn’t encountered any major incidents before. Her original tense mood disappeared at that moment and she began to shed tears. She choked up and said: “This, how can there be, how can there be such a person, wahhhhh… I’m going to tell my father…”
Xie Ruhe didn’t know that she would start crying as she talked with herself. He was stunned.
“What should I do…?” Shu Nian acted as if the sky had fallen. “What if he bothers me later? I am so small that I can’t beat him… He also deliberately chose to scare me… I didn’t do anything. Why did he do this to me…?”
Xie Ruhe was sad that she was crying and declared: “He won’t.”
“You aren’t afraid so of course you’ll say no!” Shu Nian cried and lost her temper at him. “You are not afraid of him because you can beat him. If I can beat him too. then what would I be afraid of! What kind of heart do you have!”
Shu Nian lowered her head and felt that her outburst was unnecessary so she stopped talking and stifled all her crying noises. Her eyes dropped and she looked like a sad puppy that was thrown away by its owner.
Xie Ruhe pursed his lips and he called out to her: “Shu Nian.”
Shu Nian’s voice was still trembling: “What is it?”
“I’ll take you back.”
Shu Nian looked at him and didn’t react: “What?”
Xie Ruhe also looked at her but he didn’t repeat what he had just said. Instead, he quietly finished speaking his thoughts: “Tomorrow morning, I’ll wait for you at your house and accompany you to school.”
There was a tiny bean-sized tear in her eyes. She whispered: “Are you going to protect me?”
Xie Ruhe remained silent.
Shu Nian brushed away her tears with her sleeve. At that moment she felt that he was the best person in the world. After a few seconds, she sullenly asked. “Why are you helping me? I have no money to give you. How can I repay you?
Xie Ruhe didn’t develop the topic. He just continued to walk forward: “Let’s go.”
“I don’t have any money…” Shu Nian thought about it. She overturned the pockets of her schoolbag. “But I have a lot of candy.”
Like sedating a child, Shu Nian handed him a gummy and said softly: “I will give you one candy every time you send me home in the future, okay?”
Xie Ruhe silently stared at the gummy in her hand. Then, he raised his eyes and quietly looked at her.
Shu Nian appeared nervous. She was scared that he would go back on his word.
While she was anxiously waiting for an answer, Xie Ruhe looked away and whispered. “Okay.”
Since that lunchtime where Chen Hanzheng said those things to Shu Nian, the relationship between the two of them had become estranged. Shu Nian didn’t talk much to He Xiaoying who laughed at her at the time either.
She always held grudges against people and she felt that their behaviour was particularly awful that day.
Because she didn’t take the initiative to talk to other people, Shu Nian’s presence in the class was slowly becoming non-existent.
But she didn’t care much about that matter.
Encountering that perverted man became the opportunity for Shu Nian and Xie Ruhe to improve their relationship.
Shu Nian’s popularity in her class was pretty good but she didn’t have any particularly close friends. She did many things alone and that was her first time going to school with someone every day and then leaving the school together.
As the two spent more time together, their relationship became better and better.
Most of the time, it was just Shu Nian who excitedly told Xie Ruhe what had happened that day. He would usually listen to her in silence. Occasionally, she would complain that he didn’t participate in the conversation so he would then say a few——
“I got called up to answer questions.”
“I didn’t sleep. I listened to the lesson.”
“I didn’t skip class.”
The second year of junior high school quickly ended like that.
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